State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, whose district formerly included Port Aransas, has been appointed to the Legislative Budget Board.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the appointment, according to a news release issued by Kolkhorst’s office on Monday, Nov. 14.
Kolkhorst, who represents Senate District 18, replaces retiring Sen. Jane Nelson. Known for its legislative power, the board is comprised of the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house and four lawmakers from the Senate and the House.
The main purpose of the board is to oversee a continuous review state spending. The board also manages the proposed legislative appropriations for all agencies of state government.
The Legislative Budget Board crafts budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations, completes fiscal analyses for all proposed legislation and conducts periodic reviews that seek efficiency in state financial performance.
“The Legislative Budget Board is of statewide importance because it offers a continuous review of all state spending. That’s why I am truly humbled by Lt. Gov. Patrick’s appointment,” Kolkhorst said in the news release.
“The serious work of this board ensures the fair and prudent use of our tax dollars. It will be an honor to serve the people of Texas in this capacity,” the senator said.
Kolkhorst has served on the Senate Finance Committee since her first session in the Senate in 2015 and for every subsequent budget.
Her office reported that she is the only legislator to have served on the budget conference committee multiple times in both the House and Senate chambers.